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Randall pleads not guilty in murder of La Crosse Central High School student

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Randall attorney waived today’s evidence hearing

Deshawn Randall could be tried early next year for the fatal shooting of a high school student on Redfield Street in La Crosse.

Randall, 18, pled ‘not guilty’ today to murder and other charges, resulting from the August shooting of 17-year-old Central High School student, George Miller.

Defense attorney Michael Covey explains why he and Randall agreed to waive today’s evidence hearing: “Generally the witnesses don’t go up and testify. A lot of hearsay is used. It’s a very low burden of proof for the state. So, we’re not really giving up a whole lot by waiving this hearing. My view it’s going to help us get the police reports a lot faster.”

In court, Judge Ramona Gonzalez asked Randall if he was satisfied with his attorney, and Randall said yes.  Gonzalez is the fifth judge in a month to preside over a hearing for Randall.

The accused fired his first public defender.  This was Covey’s first appearance in court after agreeing to represent Randall, who claims Miller threatened him with a gun days before the murder.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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